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Interviews

Advice From The Experts

In this section we are building interviews with childhood experts in France on the likes of reflexology, hypnotherapy, natural birth, IVF, general pediatrics as well as speech & occupational therapy amongst other topics.
If you are an Expert working in a child related field in France we would love to interview you, so please do not hesitate to contact us

  • Nutritionist Mary Brighton

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    "Treats such as sweets and chocolate are part of a healthy eating plan for children but should be given as a treat not on a daily basis. However, a small piece of dark chocolate or good milk chocolate given as part of the "gouter" (snack) can be healthy and is part of the French snack culture!"

    Click here to read the full interview with Mary

  • Relocation expert & Life coach Kirstin Barton

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    "Moving to France can be a wonderful adventure, and of course, as with any adventure there are challenges along the way. Many of these are challenges because we dont anticipate the reality, so dont plan for it. The reality is that there is another language to learn, another culture to appreciate, a different way of doing things in everyday life and when it comes to special projects (such as buying a house). People often underestimate the frustration these can cause once the honeymoon period is over. As adults, we often expect more of ourselves too - all of this is a learning process, and it takes time and continued effort - and more than a little confidence at times!" (KB, March 2011)

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  • Logopedist Elianne Rumahloine

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    "Recent research indicates that bilingual children indeed link between language learning and performance beyond language. Bilingual children are not only very good at judging whether a sentence is correctly or incorrectly formed, but they can often also outperform monolingual children in non-language related tasks." (ER, Jan 2014)

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  • Midwife Julie Scarborough

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    "At 4.30pm I arrived at her house to find her relaxing on her bed, she said things were going slowly, like her first child (a homebirth with me). I checked to make sure she was ok, we listened to the babys heart and then I examined her. She was 2cm dilated, so she was rather disappointed and apologized for having called me out! The dad asked if he had time to go and collect their first child from school, explaining it would only take 20 minutes. I reassured him that he would have sufficient time. Half an hour later labour was strong and I felt it was advancing quickly."

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  • Doula Floraine

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    "Women have complex needs during childbirth and the weeks that follow. In addition to medical care and the love and companionship provided by their partners, women need consistent, continuous reassurance, comfort, encouragement and respect. They need individualized care based on their circumstances and preferences. A doula is prepared to provide physical (non-medical), emotional and informational support to women and their partners during labor and birth, as well as to families in the weeks following childbirth. They offer a loving touch, positioning and comfort measures that make childbearing women and families feel nurtured and cared for." (May 2011)

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  • First Aider Amanda Hollingworth

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    "I believe that everyone should know how to a save a life; it is a life skill. It is especially important for parents, it is an extension of our roles as a parent to nurture care for and protect our childrens’ lives." (AH, June 2011)

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  • Homeopath Julia Edgely

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    "Ailments I see often in practice are, ailments from teething such as the teething cough which is misdiagnosed as bronchitis, eczema, colic, ear infections and gastric reflux. When treating babies, I always recommend seeing the mother as well, as the mother and baby bond is incredibly strong. Also, for mums who have experienced a colicky baby, exhaustion is often felt and they can become rundown from stress and lack of sleep. I also work along with a cranial osteopath and would recommend a cranial treatment to all mums for their children. Both treatments work very well together" (JE, July 2011)

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  • French property solicitor Edward Coxall 

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    "Choosing the right area can be a difficult decision; particularly for a permanent move.  Try to imagine your existing life in that area and see if it would work. Do you want rural isolation or urban convenience?  Most people find it easier to integrate in a more populated community and that shouldnt be overlooked; especially on your first move outside your home country." (EC, Aug 2011)

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  • Small Business Advisor Valerie Lemiere

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    "Take some time to find several business ideas that are in connection with your past experience and/or passion. Do your market research and start writing a business plan to structure your though. Once you have decided on a location in France where you wish to live, plan a few trip over and complete your market research. Is your vision still accurate. Go and meet some business advisers at the Chambre de Commerce, Chambre de Metiers or BGE to get more local feedback. Also work on a financial plan on your own or with the help of an accountant." (VL, Nov 2011)

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  • Author of "On achève bien les écoliers?" - Peter Gumbel

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    "My principle theme is that French schools systematically damage or destroy the self-confidence of pupils, through the use of a variety of what I call "pedagogical instruments of torture" that set children up to fail. The marking system, the high proportion of children who repeat grades and the lack of proper training for teachers in modern classroom techniques all contribute to a school culture that is highly discouraging and demotivating. France as a result lags far behind most other countries, where the well being and personal development of students is seen as an important tool for academic success, and where positive reinforcement and constructive criticism are widely used rather than the humiliating approach taken by the French system." (PG, Nov 2011)

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  • Life Coach Fanny Muller

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    "As adult we have developed bad habits instead of powerful ones so by Coaching the parents on changing their old habits they develop a new way of relating to their children who learn to manage their emotions and interact well with others so they too can be happy from the beginning and lead a successful and fulfilling life" (FM, Nov 2011)

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  • Antenatal expert Louise Morrison

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    "I was particularly terrified of giving birth and so in addition to the traditional class I had also done Hypnobirthing. In the end I had a water birth at home and a really positive birth experience, but not everyone I knew had been so lucky. Out of the ten couples who had attended my traditional class only one other mum had had a good experience and I started to wonder whether this had anything to do with the quality of the education we had received. With the rise of video on the internet and continuing NHS cuts which were affecting antenatal provision I felt that good quality classes, available nationally were the way forward. I started researching and a year later the site was launched with the help of two really passionate and knowledgeable NHS midwives" (LM, Feb 2012)

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  • Boarding & Summer Schools Advisor Sara Sparling

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    "Parents often comment to us that they do not hear from their children because they are so busy. We have also had parents comment to us that it improves their relationship with their children; they get longer School holidays (2 weeks October half term, 3-4 weeks at Christmas and Easter plus a long summer holiday) which is quality time without the pressures of School work or nagging about homework or endless driving between activities." (SS, April 2013)

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  • Personal coach Amanda Wilby

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    "Giving birth and raising a family is a huge time of transition and change. Living abroad can add to the challenge significantly, especially if you have enjoyed a close personal support network at home. The idea of birthing abroad can seem quite scary and fear is the last thing you need in the birthing suite! For a great experience with birthing and parenting it is important to understand what your parent values are and how to work from those values. These values help you make the right decisions for you and your family. People are concerned, in particular, about whether to send their children to the local school or to an international school, or whether to live in the areas where the expats congregate or have a more local experience. They are big decisions. One of the key issues is that there are often so many decisions to be taken within a small time frame, it can be overwhelming, and this is where working with us can really add value." (AW, April 2013) 

     

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  • Online Biology Tutor Matthew Barnes

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    "A colleague who teaches physics online had been urging me to get into online tutoring for over a year, now that the technology is there to do it. It made sense from every angle (greater potential client base, less petrol burned and time wasted travelling and so forth). However, to be quite honest, the idea petrified me! I can therefore associate very strongly with parents who are wary of this technology." (MB, July 2013)

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  • Online Therapist Caroline Macrory

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    "As amazing as motherhood can be, it also turns your world upside down. Rather than focusing on yourself, all your effort and hard work suddenly goes into caring for another person. Many women struggle to retain a sense of who they used to be, seeing themselves only as a mother – an essential and valuable role – yet one that needs to be balanced with a sense of their previous self." (CM, Nov 2013)

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  • Reflexologist Louise Vaughan-Arbuckle

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    "It was pregnant women who chose me rather than me choosing to specialise in Maternity Reflexology! As I’d never been pregnant, it was a bit of surprise to me and a fascinating learning curve. Maternity Reflexology encompasses everything from pre-conception to new baby.  Through the training I was able to get a thorough understanding of pregnancy as well as of course when to and when not to treat!" (LVA, Feb 2014)

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